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Let’s Go to the Theater!

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What stories does your house have to tell? What role does your neighborhood, its unique history and the larger community play in defining what happens to your home, even after you buy it?

Preservationists, neighborhood associations, neighbors and families collide in this award winning hit Portland Center Stage comedy about the complex life (and impending demise) of a nearly 100 year old home in Chicago.

You are cordially invited to join Anne, Richard and the Arciform crew at the April 30th 7:30 pm performance, which will feature a post-show discussion about preservation in Portland’s changing neighborhoods.

Here’s the details from PCS about the performance and the discussion, which will include Arciform owner Richard De Wolf.

Join Arciform  at Clybourne Park
with a post-show discussion about preservation in Portland’s changing neighborhoods
April 30th at 7:30 pm
Portland Center Stage
Save $10 with Special Offer Code: ARCIFORM
Buy Tickets for the April 30th Performance Here

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Details: Clybourne Park explores the transition of one home in a Chicago neighborhood from a middle-class suburban structure in 1959 to a dilapidated urban building in 2009. It’s new owners just want to tear it down and start over. But should it be preserved?

On April 30 join experts in the field of historical preservation, who’ll share their thoughts about the house in Clybourne Park.  Panelists include Peggy Moretti, Executive Director of the Historical Preservation League of Oregon; Cathy Galbraith, Executive Director of the Architectural Heritage Center; and Richard De Wolf, HPLO board member and owner of Arciform.

We hope you will join us for this fascinating performance and discussion.

Click here to purchase your tickets online and don’t forget to use the code “ARCIFORM” to save $10 off per ticket!

We look forward to hearing  your thoughts after the show!

Join us for the Kitchen Revival Tour April 13th

Portland Monthly shared some pre-tour insights about the Architectural Heritage Center’s upcoming Kitchen Revival Tour, along with a sneak peek photo of one of the kitchens on the tour:

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(We love the little arched detail below the sink in this tour kitchen!
Photo provided by the Architectural Heritage Center.)

Arciform also has a kitchen being showcased on the tour, which takes place on April 13th, from 10 am to 4 pm. More information and tickets here.

You can check out behind the scenes pictures and get the “client’s eye view” of our project here.

IMG_4382(Here’s the Arciform tour kitchen. Photo by Photo Art Portraits.)

Meanwhile,  Portland Monthly has some great insights into why it is important to both revive and restore the vintage kitchens at the heart of your home:

You’d think what a person needs from a kitchen would stay the same – it’s a place to store and prepare (and maybe consume) food. But really, kitchens are much more than that. Their design expresses how we feel about those daily, utilitarian needs, and what role it plays in our lives. Cooking in 2013 ain’t what it was in 1913.

And it’s not just because of the refrigerator (and the microwave and the toaster oven and the dishwasher). The kitchen of a hundred year old house was likely smaller than we’d want today; it wasn’t intended to be the gathering place and hub of our home the way it probably is in food-centric Portlandia circa 2013.

And while we might like the elaborate woodwork and high ceilings of an 1890s Queen Anne Victorian house, or the rustic, sheltering feeling of 1915 Arts and Crafts bungalow, we might not be too crazy about how separate the kitchens were from the dining room. But that was the way to keep those nasty cooking smells away from the rest of the house, and the servants out of sight. Read the rest of the article here.

We look forward to seeing you at the Kitchen Revival Tour on April 13th!

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Saving a Piece of the Oregon Trail

There’s a great blog post today on Preservation Nation on the efforts to preserve the “Pioneer Mother’s Memorial  Cabin,” a historic remnant of the Oregon Trail that is in danger of literally being washed into the Willamette.

This piece of history is in imminent danger of falling into the Willamette river and being lost forever.

Arciform is working with the Robert Newell House Museum to create an extensive project plan and arrange for the cabin’s deconstruction and reconstruction of the structure in a safer location.

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Why worry about an old building on the verge of falling into the river? The post explains:

“There are very few log cabins left, as you can well imagine, and even though this one isn’t an original log cabin from the 1840s and ’50s, it represents that structure,” says Judy Van Atta, director of the Pioneer Mothers Memorial Cabin and the nearby Robert Newell House. “Everything within the cabin is an artifact that came across [the country] on the Oregon Trail, so it represents our beginnings here in Oregon and for the nation, the westward movement.”

The cabin was dedicated in 1931 and sits on a piece of land originally claimed by Robert Newell, the first man brave (or crazy) enough to bring a wagon overland into the Willamette Valley and a pioneer of the Oregon Trail in the 1840s. Today, the site serves as an educational experience for thousands of school children each year to learn about the Oregon Trail, Oregon government, and other elements of the state’s history. Read more here.

As a teaching tool, a historic structure like this can literally “ground” kids in their native soil, illuminating the hardships and opportunities that brought settlers to the state and the way those challenges continue to impact how the state functions today.

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To save the building, the Robert Newell House Museum will need to deconstruct it log by log in order to extricate it from the property without disturbing the soil and trees of the protected park land it sits upon.

The “un-building” process should itself provide an extraordinary opportunity to learn and teach about the historic building techniques that helped form the architectural history of Oregon.

Read all about the Memorial Cabin (and how it impacts the lives of Oregon’s kids) here.

We are excited to participate in such an important preservation project.

You can help! Contribute to the costs of saving the Pioneer Mothers Memorial Cabin here.

Photos used in this post were by Ronald Peterson.

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